Kolkata, July 19 | For the past 109 days, a community kitchen, run by the students’ wing of the CPI(M), is providing meals to over 500 marginalized people in Jadavpur- Tollygunge areas of the city.
The students, who have created a corpus to fund the initiative for lessening the hardship of the lockdown-hit people, have also found volunteers and contributors from outside the party fold.
A Students Federation of India (SFI) leader told that around 450 people in Jadavpur area are being provided with a lunch pack comprising rice, soyabean, egg at a price of Rs 20 as they are now unwilling to accept it free of charge with reopening of some economic activities.
Another 70 people are being given free meals at several distribution points in the belt covering a distance of over 2 km, he said.
The community kitchen was started by the SFI in the first week of April when Left activists realized that packets of food grains and other essentials were of no use to a majority of daily wage earners from neighboring states who did not have the provision to cook. Prior to the lockdown, they used to solely depend on roadside eateries.
The number of people has come down to 520 now as some of them have left for homes with the commencement of bus services and some others beginning to earn again.
In another part of the city, the Left-wing students are providing free cooked meals to around 400 poor people in the Khidderpore-Watgunje belt every day.
The SFI state committee member said, during the lockdown phase the Left-wing organization operated as many as 500 community kitchens all over the state.